First Steps – Supporting Leadership and Management Development
The programme has been developed for un-promoted staff with two or more years teaching experience.
First Steps into Leadership has professional recognition, which recognises the enhanced, significant and sustained enquiry a teacher has undertaken. It recognises the teacher as an accomplished practitioner in a particular area, in this instance the particular area is Leadership. A key characteristic of professional recognition is evidence that the participants practice is underpinned by ongoing reflective enquiry.
The 2022/23 First Steps into Leadership Application Form will be available from April 2022. To request an application form please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure you have the support of your Head Teacher before applying for this programme.
This course involves tutorials and blended learning with participants undertaking a small school based research project. Participants are also involved in a range of activities including a self-evaluation exercise, peer observation, e-learning, mentoring meetings and personal reflection of relevant literature. Support will be provided by the course facilitator and a senior member of staff acting as mentor.
There are six taught sessions one of which is a Saturday covering the following topics:
- Understanding & Developing Yourself as a Leader
- Leadership Skills – Coaching
- Developing People
- Leading and Managing Change
- Presentation of leadership journey
There are also three workshops
- Planning an Enquiry
- Planning for Improvement workshop
- Report Writing workshop
By the end of the course participants should be able to:
- Describe what situational leadership is an when it is appropriate to use each type
- Use the information gained from the Strength Deployment Inventory and apply this in managing themselves and the team
- State the difference between coaching and mentoring and state in what context coaching is appropriate
- Identify the various stages of team development
- Describe what is meant by distributive leadership
- Apply the knowledge learned from a change curve model to enable them to support their team through change
This programme is run on an annual basis and begins in term 1 and commences before the end of term 3. The duration of the programme is approximately 9 months.